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Dubs star Brogan off to White House bash

DUBS star Bernard Brogan has been invited to the White House by President Obama.

The Footballer of the Year will be rubbing shoulders with Barack Obama after being personally invited to the White House for their annual St Patrick's Day celebrations, along with Tipperary hurling captain Eoin Kelly.

Both have been invited in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the sport in 2010.

The athletic pair will be joined by a string of influential dignitaries including new Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The celebrations are usually headed by the Taoiseach, who marks the occasion by presenting the President with a bowl of shamrock.

This year will mark the first time that the exclusive guest list has included two current GAA players.

And both are expected to jet over to Washington DC for the once in a lifetime opportunity, in spite of their match commitments.

Dublin will battle Mayo in Allianz League action on March 20, while Tipperary are not in action again until they play Cork on March 27.

Brogan was named Footballer of the Year for spearheading Dublin's All Ireland campaign last year, when they made it to the semi-final, despite losing out to Cork at the last minute.

And Kelly has been considered a national hero for his contributions to the sport, and has captained Tipperary to their first All-Ireland success since 2001.

Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Criostoir O Cuana was also invited to attend the event but is remaining at home to attend the President's Awards on March 16, and the AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Championship finals at Croke Park the following day.

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